Can you tell us a little bit about your race? Since HouDi49 holds the rural, small communities of Story County, including Nevada, and Hardin County south of Eldora, it is full of hard-working individuals and families who wonder why the politicians have forgotten them. Instead of addressing the fiscal problems of our state that came to a head two years ago, those elected to serve us ignored the task of budgetary stability in favor of more tax breaks for corporations and the wealthy. They have forgotten the values of Iowa: what is good for me is good for my neighbor. I know because I have personally knocked over 3000 doors and this is what I hear over and over again. Rural schools and hospitals are at risk and mental health treatment is an embarrassment. This affects all of us. We need investment in our rural areas because we don’t have Iowa without them. Many people think that rural means red but HouDi49 is mostly no-party/independents. And, we all have to drink water and breathe the air. It’s time we solve these critical challenges, not with words, but with real data and real action.
What sets you apart from your opponent? I am not a politician. I have been a citizen lobbyist, at the state house lobbying for bills that help people and against bills that push people down. I will not and have not taken dark money from corporate PACs. My emphasis is on scientific and proven strategies that will take us into the future, not drag us back into the past with lack of respect for women’s health, lack of respect for the common worker and lack of respect for the soil, air and water that we need.
Past or present, what political figure or figures do you look up to? Founding “couple” Abigail and John Adams. For the times, they were a model of equality. The future First Lady wrote in part, “I long to hear that you have declared an independency. And, by the way, in the new code of laws which I suppose it will be necessary for you to make, I desire you would remember the ladies and be more generous and favorable to them than your ancestors. Do not put such unlimited power into the hands of the husbands. Remember, all men would be tyrants if they could. If particular care and attention is not paid to the ladies, we are determined to foment a rebellion, and will not hold ourselves bound by any laws in which we have no voice or representation.”
What inspired you to run for office? The past two years of being at the State House, when not only were basic worker and human rights ignored by social politicking maneuvers (laws gutting collective bargaining and putting extreme limits on women/family rights for their reproductive health, to name a few), but the clear warning from the state auditor to rein in the vast number of tax breaks, tax cuts, and tax exemptions was ignored. Thus, we cannot depend on the current leadership at the State House to be fiscally responsible. The ripple effect of lack of attention and care in managing our state is devastating to rural areas like HouDi49 which are already suffering from young people who move away, not enough investment and decreasing basic services.
Can you tell us a fun fact about yourself that we wouldn’t find on your website? I ran the half-marathon Dam to Dam race costumed as That Dam Flamingo. When I ran up the hills, I would tell folks I passed, “Don’t let the flamingo get ahead of you!”
Lastly, what’s your opinion of Steve King? He is the Iowa poster child of arrogance and racism. He does not deserve one bit of public money because he only serves divisive and hateful groups, not the good people of Iowa.
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